El Sitio Feliz
East 104th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY
Contributed by Project for Public Spaces
Community garden and playground situated behind Harlem's Union Settlement House.
By incorporating water play, swings, slides and a small picnic pavilion with community gardens, El Sitio Feliz - "The Happy Place" - has become well-known for its creative combination of activities for children and adults. The most popular play equipment is a simple garden hose, which kids use to spray each other and keep the slide slippery. The playground is flanked by community gardens, tended regularly by local residents who seem to enjoy the frequent interaction with children. El Sitio Feliz was built in collaboration with the Lots for Tots program of New York City's Council on the Environment and neighboring residents. The play area is a focus for the community, yet the place as a whole is often described as a sanctuary for the way in which it offers active and quiet areas together.
Union Settlement Association, 212-360-8800